Deadline reports that “Squid Game” is the first-ever television show produced in a language other than English to be nominated for an Emmy in the main category of Best Drama. The show also received an Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series nomination for star Lee Jung-jae, who plays protagonist Seong Gi-hun (aka Player 456). His performance was certainly a real star, which even gave him the opportunity to practice his improvisational skills.
To be clear, shows produced outside of the United States have received Emmy nominations in the past, but they’ve all been written and performed in English—think Downton Abbey or Schitt’s Creek. But “Squid Game” is the first show to break that language barrier, and hopefully its popularity with viewers and its new bevy of Emmy nominations — as well as its critical success, as Fresh Rotten Tomatoes scores with both critics (95 %) and viewership (83%) – will lead to more successful TV imports in the future.
You can see how “Squid Game” and your other favorites fare when the awards are presented live on NBC on September 12th.